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Poster: stbalbach Date: Nov 25, 2008 6:22am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: google books

1. See a lengthy thread about this below.

2. The Google hit count numbers are totally unreliable. It may be 800,000, or it may be 200 in reality when you try to scroll through the results screens.

3. User prb is an "official" Internet Archive user, probably a bot. They also seem to be stripping the Google watermarks from the books. There appears to be some sort of collaboration between IA and Google in uploading these books.

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Poster: garthus Date: Nov 25, 2008 10:12am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: google books

Every one of the books which I checked from this user are in the public domain. in fact probably 85% of the books published between 1923 and march 30, 1989; are in the publ;ic domain. Also, many (almost all) instruction manuals, owner's manuals, spec. manuals, are in the public domain from during that time period. If an ocassional odd book slips through it can be removed once someone has a valid claim to copyright, otherwise they should all be put up. Try to put all of your stuff up through the Creative Commons Copyright; this will stop the various publishers from trying various schemes to recopyright public domain works. Once the archive has a substantial mass of these public domain materials, it wil stop the publishers and their lackies from grabbing everything for their own profit.